Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke sparked a national debate about the ongoing "war on drugs" with his argument that illicit drug use should instead be treated as an issue of public health. For this documentary, reporter Sue Kopen travelled the country to interview medical, political and legal experts on the issue. Local subjects include: Congressman Steny Hoyer; Chip Silverman, former director of the Maryland Drug Abuse Administration; and Dr. Raymond Lorion, director of clinical and community psychology at the University of Maryland. Producer John Grassi traveled to England and the Netherlands – countries that decreased or eliminated criminal sanctions against drug users – to interview officials in both countries on their approach. The program concludes with an in-studio discussion of these issues, hosted by Dave Durian, with Michael M. Gimbel, Director, Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse, and Herman Jones, Grant Administrator, Liberty Community Mental Health Center.
Maryland Public Television
North America; United States of America
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